11 best places to see spring flowers in Gloucestershire

Bountiful with spring blossom and nature's prettiest colours, make the most of Gloucestershire’s great outdoors this season by visiting SoGlos's 11 best places to see spring flowers in the county.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
Discover 11 stunning places to admire spring colours in Gloucestershire, including wonderful Westonbirt Arboretum. Image © Johnny Hathaway
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Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, near Tetbury, is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world – home to five national tree collections and 2,500 different species from the far corners of the globe. One of Gloucestershire’s most popular attractions, it spans a whopping 600 acres, encompassing natural play areas and restaurants.

From blossom-topped arboretums to fields of sunny yellow daffodils, Gloucestershire is home to many spots where spring flowers are blooming everywhere!

Whether you fancy a slow-paced stroll through an English country garden or a trek through striking woodland, soak up shades of pink, purple and blue at SoGlos's 11 best places to see spring flowers in Gloucestershire.

Spring flowers at Westonbirt Arboretum

It’s renowned for its glorious displays of autumn colour, but spring is just as impressive at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum — in fact, it's even been called the Cotswold attraction’s best-kept secret!

Visit the Silk Wood to see a sea of primroses, bluebells and other wildflowers in bloom, before making for the Cherry Glade, where you can catch cherry blossoms in their prime during April and May.

Spring flowers at Painswick Rococo Garden

Taking over from its famous snowdrops when springtime comes, Painswick Rococo Garden is home to tens of thousands of brilliant yellow daffodils, carpeting its grounds from the orchard to the Red House.

With all kinds of varieties blooming at slightly different times, visitors can soak up the spectacle throughout March; while spring also brings over 9,000 colourful bulbs into bloom in the Exedra Garden.

Spring flowers at Batsford Arboretum

Bursting with spring blossom throughout March and April, visitors can experience sensational displays of pink, white and purple at Batsford Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh.

The 56-acre site is home to the National Collection of Prunus (Sato-zakura Group) — a diverse group of ornamental Japanese cherry trees, with over 120 flowering cherries found in clusters around the arboretum.

Spring flowers at Lydney Park Gardens

Discover a tranquil woodland garden deep in the grounds of Lydney Park Estate. Spanning eight acres in the Forest of Dean, there’s plenty to discover — from wonderful wildflowers and scented shrubs to Roman ruins, with the rhododendrons a stand-out highlight!

Dates for 2024 are yet to be announced, but the gardens usually open in May. Keep an eye on Lydney Park's socials so you don't miss the chance to spring over before the season finishes.

Spring flowers in the Forest of Dean

From blankets of bluebells to spring flowers like violets and primroses appearing all over the ancient woodland floor, the Forest of Dean is full of colours that spark so much joy in the springtime.

The area is famous for its incredible display of native daffodils around Dymock and Kempley, with ramblers pulling on their walking boots and challenging themselves to The Daffodil Way — a nine-mile circular route that really shows off Gloucestershire’s glorious Golden Triangle. For guided walks, visit during Kempley Daffodil Weekend.

Spring flowers at Snowshill Manor and Garden

Nestled in a small village near Broadway, Snowshill Manor and Garden is home to an Insta-worthy orchard with delightful daffodils and blooming blossom during spring.

The manor also houses an eclectic collection of extraordinary objects, handpicked by architect Charles Paget Wade for their unique design. Step inside to marvel at all things colourful, even on a dreary day.

Spring flowers at Sezincote House and Garden

Wander into another world at Sezincote House and Garden, an Indian-inspired paradise in Moreton-in-Marsh — open Wednesday to Friday, as well as on bank holiday Mondays.

With exquisite ornamental features and a vibrant water garden, where many rare plants grow, visitors can enjoy the arrival of spring with a stroll along the shimmering canals and take in the spectacular landscape.

Spring flowers at Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Thanks to three generations of female gardeners, Kiftsgate Court Gardens in Mickleton is blooming beautiful every spring — and all set to welcome visitors back when it reopens on Sunday 31 March 2024.

See bluebells in early May, apple blossom in the orchard, and catch daffodils dancing beneath the old lime trees all the way up the drive to the house throughout the season.

Spring flowers at Hidcote Manor Garden

Get lost in Hidcote’s Arts and Crafts-inspired grounds, a magnificent maze of connected garden rooms, as they burst into colour this spring.

Find a quiet spot to relax by the bathing pool or seek out exotic and unusual plants, with the garden's creator Lawrence Johnston having brought back only the most spectacular varieties from his global plant-hunting expeditions in the early 1900s.

Spring flowers at Cerney House Gardens

Escape to this ‘secret garden’ near Cirencester, where dahlias and alliums can be seen in the spring. An onsite self-service tearoom, The Bothy, is open to all visitors in the mood for some cake and a cuppa after exploring the walled garden and admiring its stunning Victorian features.

Green-fingered guests can also take a piece of Cerney Gardens home with them, with spring plants, seasonal veg and fresh-cut flowers available to buy from the Potting Shed Shop.

Spring flowers at Highgrove Gardens

Enjoy a royally wonderful day out at Highgrove near Tetbury, where you can explore the private gardens of HRH King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla in bloom.

Led by an experienced guide, join a tour around the grounds as they burst into life. Spring highlights include elegant displays of tulips, blossom and swathes of daffodils in the wildflower meadow.

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